Wait, I’m not talking about the basics of sex in this post though. At least not right now.
Talking about sex is inherently awkward. Despite it being a natural human instinct, it’s common to have been taught that it’s something that is inappropriate to talk about. Something you should be wary of. Something that shouldn’t be taken outside of the bedroom. With these ideas also comes the standard that it’s bad, scary and something to be ashamed about. And it starts at home. As Sigmund Freud suggested, the way that parents answer the fundamental question their children will pose at some point, “where do babies come from?” dictates how their children think about sex. Will it be viewed as a bad or dirty question? Do the parents answer honestly and give a basic definition of sex? Do they make it a big deal or just slip it into every day life? This is what is guiding how sex is viewed in our culture today. And it’s important because when sex is swept under the rug, the education regarding it becomes inadequate. When we act like teenagers who barely have ten years of their life under their belt aren’t having sex, we are doing a disservice to ourselves. Lack of meaningful information and education leads to generations where teen pregnancy, abortion and STI’s are commonplace. It leads to people not understanding the power they hold in their own sexuality. And it leads to a world where sex is practiced, but not safely.
These are the things that get me going (no pun intended). That ignite a passion to help others get educated and learn and acknowledge that sex is happening all around us. Whether it’s the thirteen year old walking down the street or our grandparents, we are all sexual beings that have desires that need to be filled. It’s important to talk about it so that we have a generation of kids who know how to have safe sex: both mentally and physically. Show me a generation of kids brought up to believe that sex is a positive thing, whose parents support them having amazing and safe sex. Then, the problems we are facing regarding sex might begin to fix themselves.
Articles, TED Talks, and info graphics that I find on twitter, like this and this, for example, are the kinds of sources that I love to look at. By finding them and sharing them on social networking sites like Twitter, we are helping to create education about sex. And believe it or not, we are making sex less taboo, one post at a time. By sharing, talking and reading about sex, we are working together to spread the wealth of information that we are so lucky to have. Events like safe sex being practiced in the media and women of influence speaking out on issues like abortion, sex education in schools and STI information will be celebrated here (and of course tweeted about regularly).
So follow along, and learn why talking about sex is so important (and also fun!).